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Raymie Nightingale

Written by Kate DiCamillo

Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers General Fiction Recommended Children's eBooks

LoveReading View on Raymie Nightingale

Some momentous things happen in the course of this book: a father leaves, buildings are burgled, a cat is lost and found, hearts are broken, good deeds attempted, and someone is saved from drowning. More affecting than all of that however, is the friendship formed between three girls, and the anxieties soothed as a result. In the hope of becoming Little Miss Central Florida Tyre, Raymie is having baton-twirling lessons with the fearsome Ida Nee. There she meets Louisiana, orphaned daughter of high wire stars the Flying Elefantes, and Beverly Tapinski, gruff, stubborn and fearless. Together they become the Three Rancheros, and as such their worlds are changed. DiCamillo lets readers see through Raymie’s eyes, live through the summer with her and it’s an unforgettable experience. ~ Andrea Reece

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Raymie Nightingale Synopsis

In her seventh novel, international bestselling author and twice winner of the prestigious Newbery Medal Kate DiCamillo tells a masterful story that blends pathos and humour.

Raymie Clarke has come to realize that everything, absolutely everything, depends on her. And she has a plan. If Raymie can win the Little Miss Central Florida Tire competition, then her father - who has run away with a dental hygienist - will see Raymie's picture in the paper and (maybe) come home. To win, not only does Raymie have to do good deeds and learn how to twirl a baton, but she has to compete with the wispy, frequently fainting Louisiana Elefante with her show-business background and the fiery, stubborn Beverly Tapinski, who's determined to sabotage the contest. But as the competition approaches, loneliness, loss and unanswerable questions draw the three girls into an unlikely friendship - and challenge them to come to each other's rescue in unexpected ways.

For fans of Jacqueline Wilson, David Almond and Katherine Rundell.

Raymie Nightingale Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Jasmine Harris-Hart - 'A wonderful story about friendships between three girls and how they helped each other throughout their ups and downs.'
  • Zoe Basson, age 8 - 'Raymie Nightingale is a great book and I would recommend it to anyone and everyone.'
  • Joshua Zinkin, age 11 - 'It's a clever friendship story that raises questions, is very enjoyable and makes you laugh, despite being sad in places. Perfect for the age group and easy to read.'

Raymie Nightingale Press Reviews

“As wise and tough and funny as it is beautiful; this book is a reminder that courage comes in many different forms. I loved it.” Katherine Rundell

"A touching story about love and loss." Jacqueline Wilson

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781406373189
Publication date: 01/05/2017
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781406363135
Publication date: 12/04/2016
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406363135
Publication date: 12th April 2016
Author: Kate DiCamillo
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 272 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: General Fiction
Recommendations: eBooks, Reviewed by Children

About Kate DiCamillo

As a child Kate was often ill as a child. She says, “You name it, I got it. Pneumonia, impetigo, pink eye, scarlet fever, mumps, measles, chicken pox. And because I got it, I missed a lot of school and spent a lot of time at home by myself. I am grateful for all that illness. Because I was alone for so much of the day, I learnt to entertain myself. I lived in my imagination. And I lived in books. For a writer, it was an excellent beginning.” As an adult Kate studied English at the University ...

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